The sewer lines in your home are responsible for sending waste away from your home. When one or more of the lines are clogged, you may hear a gurgling sound coming from your drains. You might also see your toilet water bubbling, or you may see water backing up in your shower or bathtub whenever you flush the toilet.
These are clear symptoms of a clogged sewer, and with Todd Plumbing’s help, we can get to the cause of the problem. Some of the most common causes of a clogged sewer are…
- Broken pipes
- Tree roots
At Todd Plumbing, we know what a hassle a clogged sewer or sewer drain can be for your house. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing a quality service to all our customers.
Clogged Sewer Line Causes
At one point or another, every homeowner will run into a clogged drain. Thankfully, a single clog is a pretty simple fix for a professional. However, excessive or repeated clogs could point to a larger problem like a clogged sewer line.
Here are some of the most common causes of clogged sewer lines:
- Tree roots – As trees in your yard grow, so do their roots. These roots easily penetrate sewer lines, causing clogs.
- Toilets – Treating a toilet as another garbage can will lead to sewer issues. Do not flush feminine products or baby wipes.
- Garbage disposal – Homeowners often misuse their garbage disposal. They stuff grease, large food chunks, and more down the drain. The system was built to handle only small food debris.
- Sagging – As time passes, a sagging sewer line becomes a real possibility. When the line begins to sag, waste cannot exit efficiently.
- Debris – Mud, grass, or dead leaves may accumulate and cause a blockage.
Clogged Sewer Line Cost
On average, cleaning a clogged sewer drain or line costs between $150 and $200. The type of problem you have will determine how much a cleaning service will cost. There are several factors that play into the total cost of cleaning a clogged sewer line.
The location of the drains and sewer line matter. If your drain or sewer line is difficult to reach and clean, then you will usually be charged more money based on the added time and money needed to fix the problem.
The amount of cleaning that must be done will also play a role. If your sewer line is extremely dirty, then your plumber may need to use a power scrubber to get the job done. This will also cost more money.
Prevent Clogged Drains
A clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing issues today’s homeowners face. Whether it’s because children enjoy playing in the sink or someone wasn’t paying enough attention as they brushed their hair, sooner or later, quite a few things besides liquid end up down the drain. Persistent or severe clogging could lead to severe plumbing damage throughout your home. Take steps to protect your plumbing system:
- Save your cooking grease and fat in an old can or milk container, then dispose of the entire contents of a trash can. Do not force grease down a drain, as it will congeal and clog.
- Throw away any coffee grounds in the garbage or the garden; don’t pour them down the drain.
- Use a drain-screen to cover the opening and minimize hair, soap scum or paper products in the bathroom drain — the most common place for clogs.
We always recommend calling a professional for any major clogged sewer. When you have a clogged sewer, you can count on the experts at Todd Plumbing Co. to get the job done right.